Enigmatic, mysterious, awkward, indestructable, ridiculous - just some of the words I've heard used to describe that most marvellous of birds this week - you can't beat Leach's Petrel.
Many thanks therefore to the award-winning Rich Steel for sending me these remarkable shots of one of my favourite birds.
I know the wreck is over now, leaving a wee black shimmering hole in the heart of any true seawatcher, but at least we have Rich's pix to keep us going till next autumn (unless we get another Leach's quality hooley this year).
Thanks Rich, ain't nothing wilder than a Leach's - birds that sail through your soul as effortlessly as they cut through the surf.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies.